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OUR MISSION:

We are a close knit, diverse, and welcoming Catholic community within the Archdiocese of Newark, living the mission of Christ. Parishioners serve the Lord by serving one another through our faith and sharing the resources and energy of the Holy Spirit.

Announcements

  • BUSINESS OWNERSAdvertise in our bulletin!  Thank you to all our advertisers!  To join the sponsors on our bulletin, please call 860-836-8486.
  • PARISH OFFICE HOURS:  Monday – Saturday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM  973-992-9490
  • The Facebook page for St. Raphael Parish is administered by Mary Gayle Scheper.  If you would like to contribute pictures or material to the page, please contact her with your material via the parish office at straphaelrcc@comcast.net. “Like” us at www.facebook.com/straphaellivingston
  • The bulletin for the parish is available on this website.  The current week is displayed automatically.  For earlier bulletins (the previous 5 weeks), scroll to the bottom of the page and select the weekend you would like to view.
  • The Religious Education Calendar for September, 2019 through July, 2020 is available here.
  •  The Schedule for Advent 2019 begins November 30.   Click here for details of the schedule

Special Events

  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  If you have a background in English – writing, editing, or oral presentation – you can help our local seminarians.  Check out the details here!
  • Help Collect Box Tops for Education for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese!    Click here for a list of products that carry the coupons, or pick up a list next to the donation box.
  • Lectors and EMHCs! 
    • The Schedule for the period November 30 – March 23 was sent out.  It includes the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Christmas, and the Solemnity of Mary, all of which have extended assignment lists.  See your email for more details on dates and times.
  • Our social outreach ministry, SAMARITANS ALWAYS CARE (SAC)is collecting:
    • Food for the Soup Kitchen at Our Lady of the Valley:  Please place your items for those in need in the labeled boxes in the vestibule..
    • Christmas Giving Tree!  Look for our giving tree in the vestibule. beginning November 16. All unwrapped gifts are due in the vestibule December 9th.  These gifts will go to needy children in Essex County.
    • If you would like to take a more active part in helping with the SAC projects, please contact the parish office and you will be put in contact with a committee member.
  • BREAKFAST WITH SANTA!  December 8,  9 AM- Noon. Enjoy Breakfast, the Nativity Play, Christmas Carols and visit Santa and Mrs. Claus!  Breakfast is free but donations will be gratefully accepted.
  •  CHRISTMAS CONCERT – The Orchestra of St. Peter’s by the Sea returns on Saturday, December 14 at 7:00 PM.   Tickets are $30.  Call the Parish Office to reserve yours!  Tickets will be available in the vestibule the weekend of December 7-8.
  • LESSONS And CAROLS 2019Saturday, December 21 at 7:30pm in the church.  Enjoy and evening of Christmas Carols, music, and readings celebrating the joy of the season!
  • 13th ANNUAL SIMBANG GABI – Filipino Advent Mass –  Sunday, December 15 at 6:00pm (Night) and Saturday, December 21 at 5:30am (Dawn).  The Mass will be in English.   The celebration will continue after the Mass in Tobias Hall.
  • PIZZA with a PURPOSE – The California Pizza Kitchen a the Mall at Short Hills will donate 20% of your check to St. Raphael’s when you eat in, take out, or cater on Mondays in December, between 11:00am and 10:00pm.  Show them a copy of the attached flyer when you order!

We Are Living Stones Capital Campaign

  • We are still working on our 4-year campaign to support the efforts of the Archdiocese support of our priests, our seminarians, our Catholic schools!!  This is the final year of  the campaign.  We have already received funds for our parish amounting to $37,464.03.  We can receive almost $50,000 if all pledges are met. Campaign Details

Sharing God’s Blessing

  •  The 2019 Campaign is underway – we already have reached 114% of our goal with pledges!  REMEMBER!  The campaign runs through the end of December, 2019!  Complete your pledge this month!   Campaign Details

 

For additional upcoming events and special Mass times, please see the bulletin by clicking here.